Artistic Concepts as Embodied Knowledge
in HCI Mechanisms

– MPhil Dissertation -

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Natural learning behaviours are the basic, innate modes of an individual organism for exploring and probing its relationship with the environment, where the interaction with the environment leads to the consolidation of the particular experience in any kind of physical, biological structure that serves as long-term memory. In humans, these behaviours serve the cognitive development of the individual, which in turn improves the individual’s ability to maintain itself, increase its chances of survival, and produce offspring. I have identified 4 natural learning behaviours that are relevant for a human being’s development: play, creativity, social learning, and associative and reinforcement learning. My research proposes that the design of education and its technologies and materials can best aid the learner’s discovery of his natural abilities and talents, if the conception of the learner is one that views the learner as interacting with the educational environment from the basis of these natural learning behaviours. continue reading »

December 29, 2015  Comments Off

Lecture on Multidisciplinary Approaches
15 and 16 October, Baku, Azerbaijan

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Contemporary challenges in innovation, technology, research and science are best served by a professional environment that can optimally facilitate interactions between a multiplicity of disciplinary skill sets. These challenges have also sparked the creation of new professional fields, such as Educational Technologies and Neuroinformatics. The Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences has invited me to speak about my experiences in working in multidisciplinary professional environments. continue reading »

September 17, 2014  Comments Off

“Natural Learning Behaviours” at the
Baku World Science Forum 2014

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Natural learning behaviours are the basic, innate modes of an individual organism for exploring and probing its relationship with the environment, where the interaction with the environment leads to the consolidation of the particular experience in any kind of physical, biological structure that serves as long-term memory. In humans, these behaviours serve the cognitive development of the individual, which in turn improves the individual’s ability to maintain itself, increase its chances of survival, and produce offspring. I have identified 4 natural learning behaviours that are relevant for a human being’s development: play, creativity, social learning, and associative and reinforcement learning. My research proposes that the design of education and its technologies and materials can best aid the learner’s discovery of his natural abilities and talents, if the conception of the learner is one that views the learner as interacting with the educational environment from the basis of these natural learning behaviours. continue reading »

May 26, 2014  Comments Off

‘Nederland Opent!’ Book Released

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The initiative ‘Netherlands Opens Data’ (or ‘Nederland Opent Data’ in Dutch) was setup by different commercial and public sector organizations to promote the creation and use of Open Data for the design of services for their clients. Thoughout 2012 various project and workshops were organised to discuss the views, findings and prospects about the way that Open Data can improve public services. The book ‘Nederland Opent!’ discusses this initiative and the views and outcomes of the individual projects. I also have contributed to this book with my view on the benefits of ‘Open Educational Resources’ to the public. This text can be found here (in the Dutch language).

February 11, 2013  Comments Off